Speaker invites CPI(M)'s wrath over Adjournment Motion

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New Delhi, Oct 24 (UNI) Turning heat on Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee for converting its notice for an Adjournment Motion into a debate under Rule 193, the CPI(M) today alleged that the Chair had not shared his discussion with the government, necessary under circumstances.

''No member of the CPI(M) has ever defied, but the Rule book states that the Speaker gives the ruling only on the basis of his or her discussion with the Union Cabinet, which has not been done in this case... and even if it has been done, the House was not apprised,'' said CPI(M) Parliamentary Group leader Sitaram Yechury.

The Left members indirectly questioned the converting of their Adjournment Motion on the minority bashing issue into a discussion under Rule 193 that entails no voting.

At a press conference, Mr Yechury, the party Polit Bureau member, said there might be differences of opinion on the importance of a particular issue, but the Adjournment Motion takes precedence over everything else.

To a volley of questions relating to the Speaker's ''hurt feelings'' over the issue, Mr Yechury said it was unfortunate that the Chair had taken it otherwise. But fact remains that the Adjournment Motion has to be disposed of( at the earliest), he added.

Veteran communist Rup Chand Pal, whose remarks on the Chair's ruling made the latter feel" insulted", said the party had given the notice for an Adjournment Motion, which has the element of censure and voting.

''The Speaker has not given any reasons for his suddenly converting the Adjournment Motion to debate under Rule 193,'' Mr Pal said his party did not do anything to ''provoke'' the Chair, adding that '' we never needled him''.


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